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Welcome to Design.Resilience.NZ.

Here you can access a range of building design and construction resources for practitioners, designers, building consent authorities, builders, and building owners or users.

It provides non-regulatory materials targeting ‘above code’ building performance. It seeks to help facilitate the uptake and implementation of design strategies to better meet the need and expectations of building owners and users, and generally raise the resilience of the built environment of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Encouraging you to exceed “code minimum” level performance



Design Resilience NZ is an open-access platform enabling and encouraging the building sector to exceed “code minimum” level performance.

The platform is an authoritative source of recognised non-regulatory design and construction documents, and a valuable source of information for designers and practitioners. This is a joint undertaking between EQC Toka Tū Ake, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, BRANZ, and the technical societies (NZGS, NZSEE, SESOC). Each organisation has a representative that sits on an Advisory Group which oversees this platform.

This resource is planned in stages and will release and incorporate additional documents over time. If you or your organisation has or knows of a resource that fits the criteria of this platform, feel free to get in touch.

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The resources that are presented on this platform are selected by the Advisory Group, and must balance a variety of criteria.

Firstly, this platform specifically shares non-regulatory resources, as there are already well-established and well-defined sources of regulatory information elsewhere. Additionally, the resources available here have been agreed to be of sufficiently wide use and benefit to the building sector, and to have rigorous technical or empirical foundations.If you want to learn more about the Advisory Group or how resources are selected, feel free to contact us.



Access documents and other resources to support practitioners and designers.

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Design Guidance

Earthquake Design for Uncertainty

This advice provides engineers with recommended approaches they can take to help ensure reliable performance from a building – regardless of the minimum design actions adopted. The level of earthquake demands is currently under review in design and regulation, and managing the associated uncertainty is a key challenge for engineers.

AUTHORS: Jointly prepared by NZSEE, SESOC and NZGS DATE: Revision 1.0 August 2022

SESOC Interim Design Guidance Design of Conventional Structural Systems

Originally developed to respond to observations from the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, this document has been an ongoing vehicle for disseminating new structural engineering knowledge and practice recommendations ahead of more formal document (standards, regulation) updates.


DATE: Version 11.0 October 2022

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C5 "Yellow Chapter"

The revised Section C5 should be used to assess most concrete buildings. However, the revised Section C5 must NOT be used for an assessment that a territorial authority will use to decide if a building is earthquake prone. The other individual sections are the same as those that came into force on 1 July 2017.

AUTHORS: Jointly prepared by NZSEE, SESOC, and NZGS

DATE: Version 1A November 2018

Seismic Assessment

This document provides guidance for designing structures with seismic isolation and gives technical specifications for procuring seismic isolation systems and isolator devices. The document is in draft for trial use.


DATE: Version 1.0 June 2019


DRAFT Guideline for the Design of Seismic Isolation Systems for Buildings

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Advice to structural engineers based on our current understanding of the behaviour of hollow-core floors for new buildings, for assessments and for retrofit and suggested messages to clients. The advisory concludes with information on where to get further technical knowledge. It was prepared based on research carried out following the observed performance of hollow core units following the recent earthquakes particularly the Kaikoura earthquake.

AUTHORS: Jointly prepared by NZSEE, SESOC, and Engineering NZ

DATE: October 2022


Advice on Hollow-Core Floors

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Design Resource ‘X’ commissioned, expected completion 2025

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DATE: Expected completion 2025

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